‘Don’t go for an investor just to get funding’— 40 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From foundations to funding, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these excerpts and stories! StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week (see the previous post here). Share these 40 gems and insights from the week of July 17-23 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. 

Solve a real problem and solve it like nobody else. — Manish Singhal, Pi Ventures

One has to be good at everything to build a business. — Adhuna Bhabani, BBLUNT

Between equals nobody will even try to be abusive. — Nivruti Rai, Intel India

Collaboration is the future. — Peter Guse, Heimat

Analytics and automation is going to be the biggest business over the next decade. — Praveen Bhadada, Zinnov

One of the major concerns around data has been that people don’t have access/control of their own data. — Ranjeet Rane, The Dialogue

Tech is growing every second, so there is a new crime every second. We are still victims due to lesser awareness. — Shubhamangala Sunil, Cyber Security Response Team

Until we reach a point when every Friday 50 percent of films are about women and by women we have a very long way to go. — Alankrita Shrivastava, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’

Seeds of hatred are planted in the minds, reality is different. — Shabnam Hashmi, ‘Mere Ghar Aakar Dekho’

Unless and until you touch each and every person of diverse culture in this country, you cannot actually be really successful. — Sachin Kotangle, Flipkart

Mumbai will lead the charge in making India a global fintech leader. — Radha Kapoor, ISME ACE

We live in a generation where it has become imperative to discuss if peacocks are celibates rather than discuss farmers dying. — Arunabh Majumdar, Trans-Himalayan Tour

If we want agriculture to survive in India, we need to acknowledge and respect the contributions made by farm women. — Suneel Joshi

Three-dimensional bio-printing models are going to change the way Indian biotech firms and R&D labs approach their work. — Ratandeep Bansal, NBIL

An ideal VR experience in a market like India at a valuable price point is still a couple of quarters away. — Pavel Naiya, Counterpoint Research

Pricing and quality transparency are non-existent in healthcare. India is about a decade away from quality transparency. — Nivesh Khandelwal, LetsMD

Indians want bachelor parties in Vegas and marriages in Spain. — Geeta Rawtani, WowVenue

Like many other things India is going to leapfrog existing supply chain financing solutions. — Amit Anand, Jungle Ventures

Yoga was once thought of as a traditional practice but is now being embraced quickly as a contemporary form of wellness. — Cure.fit

Today, only the rich can afford to pay for quality healthcare and if technology can make that quality care accessible to everyone, then that is the best thing. — Manish Singhal, Pi Ventures

What better way to make a child feel special than to make him or her the hero of their own storybook? — Hetal Gandhi, Bookyboo

Creativity takes root in messy procedures. — Michael Atavar, 12 Rules of Creativity

One of the benefits of being bootstrapped is that you can really back your own convictions. — Amit Das, ThinkAnalytics

In the gig economy of today, excitement and energy are key to growth and power. — R Jagannathan, 'Swarajya'

In the entire recycling ecosystem in India, the local-recycler is the most hardworking yet the most neglected element. — Neeraj Shetty, Child Reach

The ultimate goal is to build insights to personalise education for all. — Abhishek Patil, Oliveboard

History shows how money is lost to marketing instead of building a strong product. — Naganand Doraswamy, IdeaSpring Capital

There are many robo-advisory applications on the market, but there is no entity that focuses on literacy. — Nanda Kishore Sethuraman, PoAncho

Staying strong and focused and working hard are the key ingredients for success. — Neety Singh, Neety Singh Jewellery

Poverty is not having enough people who love you. — Caroline Bourdeaux, Miracle Foundation

Innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect. — Steven Johnson

We ran out of money multiple times. We bet our farm but there was no looking back. Stopping was never an option. — John Paul, Maya

Often, the line between bravery and stupidity is a thin one. — Amish Tripathi, ‘Sita, Warrior of Mithila’

You just have to think of the goal and build it. — Abhinav Asthana, PostMan

The biggest achievement in this world is to see your parents smile and know that you are the reason behind that smile. — Manish Dameja, millionaire coin collector

The most important factor contributing towards the longevity of a business is happiness across the supply chain. — Rekha Babu, Soothika

Sectors like e-commerce consume a lot of capital. They have to lose money to dominate the market. — Mohandas Pai, investor

Even if you do not plan to become a core digital marketer you should learn digital marketing and marketing fundamentals. — Deepak Kanakaraju, RazorPay

There is a resistance among corporations/private owners to spend on waste management as everyone thinks it is government’s responsibility. — Alok Gupta, CIVL

Venture investment is jet fuel and it will make companies go faster in the direction in which they are already headed. — Satej Sirur, Rocketium

Don’t go for an investor just to get funding. Intellectual capital, be it advice or guidance, with the help of a mentor goes much further than capital. — Sanil Sachar, The Dark Side of Light

Mission, vision and culture statements ring quite hollow during adversity. — Prabal Basu Roy

Don’t forget your roots and always remain humble. — Vikas Khanna, Michelin chef

YourStory has also published the pocketbook ‘Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups’ as a creative and motivational guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).


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